So there you have it: Monster energy drink. This one is the original/classic/standard Monster energy drink, or as I like to call it Monster Green (Green Monster). Recently I ordered a case of it and as of today I have 0 cans left, because I chugged them pretty quickly at around 3-4 cans per day. At the nearby Walgreens location I pay around $3.00, so when I found a 24-can case listing on Amazon at $36.80 delivered, which comes out to $1.53 per can, which saves me about 50% from the store price. Otherwise the price for the 24-pack (old or new version; I don't know) is $54.87 or $52.13 with the Subscribe & Save plan (5% savings).
The tab is standard style pull tab, and this is why I think that the case was cheap; because they had to clear out the cans with these old tabs to make room on the market for the cans with new style pull tabs that feature the monster logo. This reason for low price just makes sense to me.
As you can see on the can graphics, you can get free (plus around $5.00 for shipping) Monster team gear by collecting and mailing-in the new style pull tabs that feature the monster logo. This marketing scheme is pretty much like the Marlboro cigarettes used to have the miles that you used to get the Marlboro-branded merchandise. The gear that they have up for grabs is Monster Calendar (15 tabs), Poster Pack (15 tabs), Sticker Kit (15 tabs), Men's T-Shirt (30 tabs), Women's T-Shirt (30 tabs), Beanie Cap (30 tabs), Backpack (60 tabs) and Hooded Zip Sweatshirt (75 tabs). Personally I would like to collect enough of tabs to get the backpack, because that item is the one that worth the trade in tabs. So far I have around 30 or so new style/type pull tabs and have 30 or so left. You can visit https://gear.monsterenergy.com/ to find out more about Monster team gear. I doubt that old style pull tabs will be accepted towards the Monster gear merchandise, so I will not try to send them in for redemption.
As you can see the color of Monster energy drink is classical "energy drink color" golden-amber, which is similar to Red Bull and Loop. The taste is very pleasing and can best be described as "solid energy drink taste" which is sweet, energizing and not offensive. It is on the sweeter side, but the mix of energy ingredients and carbonation give it a slightly sour-carbonated note, which is somewhat addictive and makes Monster energy drink as a well-balanced and quality energy drink. Lots of other energy drinks that try to be "#1" steer towards Monster's taste but fail to deliver what Monster does so well. I rate Monster energy drink at 4.8/5.0 and the value rating is 4.7/5.0 (4.0/5.0 for B&M store price) and recommend to everyone to give this energy drink a try, if you have not done so yet. So far this one is my favorite energy drink it terms of taste and energy kick.
I have also tried Monster Import edition energy drink with plastic valve and Mega Monster energy drink that comes in 24-ounce can that features threaded aluminum cap. The Mega Monster was an excellent drink that got me through a 3-hour walk of Central Park. It costs a bit more but you get 8 more ounces of the drink. I tried both variations in April-May period but I have lost the memory card somewhere in my apartment with the photos of the cans. You can check out the video review of Monster Import edition by Jason from Screaming Energy dot com: